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Slippery Rock University is committed to fully informing its community regarding budget developments. This site has been created to provide faculty, students, staff and other visitors with timely updates, planning processes, and communication regarding the 2013/14 University budget. Please consult this page regularly for the latest information



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Budget suggestions: August 28, 2013

Conservation is the easiest way to make up missing money in the budget. Send someone from building to building each night after a certain time to shut off electrical devices that use power even when they are off or in standby mode, and shut off the various lights that are left on throughout campus at night. I won't claim this will solve the whole problem, but I am sure it will help. Let's also try and remind ourselves to shut things down when they aren't in use.

My suggestion would to have all offices open 8 to 4 all year long instead of just summer and winter break. Closing a half hour early each day would greatly reduce the energy costs campus wide and would lower the student employee payroll costs.

I am offering six budget suggestions:

  1. Eliminate classes that could be obtained elsewhere by students at a more reasonable price and in a more efficient manner.
  2. Establish criteria for a minimum number of participants in study-abroad courses.
  3. Review low-enrollment programs to determine if they should continue. Shift budget support to programs that offer the realistic opportunity to find employment.
  4. Critically review course offerings to eliminate programs that duplicate content.
  5. Review the sabbatical program and make sure that faculty members receiving sabbaticals are fulfilling all their obligations under that program.
  6. Follow the five-year review rules. Faculty who do not satisfactorily meet the required criteria should be terminated.


President Norton

September 30, 2013

Last Friday, the Slippery Rock University Council of Trustees officially approved the fiscal year 2013-14 budget.

As I shared with you earlier this year in my State of the University address, we started the fiscal year with a $5.2 million structural budget deficit.  Through the efforts of many people, we were able to present the trustees with a balanced budget.

So, how’d we do it?
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